Experiments in Fluids

, 54:1498 | Cite as

Tomographic reconstruction of heat release rate perturbations induced by helical modes in turbulent swirl flames

  • Jonas P. MoeckEmail author
  • Jean-François Bourgouin
  • Daniel Durox
  • Thierry Schuller
  • Sébastien Candel
Research Article


Swirl flows with vortex breakdown are widely used in industrial combustion systems for flame stabilization. This type of flow is known to sustain a hydrodynamic instability with a rotating helical structure, one common manifestation of it being the precessing vortex core. The role of this unsteady flow mode in combustion is not well understood, and its interaction with combustion instabilities and flame stabilization remains unclear. It is therefore important to assess the structure of the perturbation in the flame that is induced by this helical mode. Based on principles of tomographic reconstruction, a method is presented to determine the 3-D distribution of the heat release rate perturbation associated with the helical mode. Since this flow instability is rotating, a phase-resolved sequence of projection images of light emitted from the flame is identical to the Radon transform of the light intensity distribution in the combustor volume and thus can be used for tomographic reconstruction. This is achieved with one stationary camera only, a vast reduction in experimental and hardware requirements compared to a multi-camera setup or camera repositioning, which is typically required for tomographic reconstruction. Different approaches to extract the coherent part of the oscillation from the images are discussed. Two novel tomographic reconstruction algorithms specifically tailored to the structure of the heat release rate perturbations related to the helical mode are derived. The reconstruction techniques are first applied to an artificial field to illustrate the accuracy. High-speed imaging data acquired in a turbulent swirl-stabilized combustor setup with strong helical mode oscillations are then used to reconstruct the 3-D structure of the associated perturbation in the flame.


Radon Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Heat Release Rate Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Mode Tomographic Reconstruction 
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This work is supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, contract N° ANR-08-BLAN-0027-01, the Délégation Générale pour l’Armement, and by Snecma (Safran Group).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonas P. Moeck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean-François Bourgouin
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Daniel Durox
    • 2
    • 3
  • Thierry Schuller
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sébastien Candel
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische AkustikTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.CNRS, UPR 288, Laboratoire d’Energétique Moléculaire et Macroscopique Combustion (EM2C)Châtenay-MalabryFrance
  3. 3.Ecole Centrale ParisChâtenay-MalabryFrance
  4. 4.Snecma (Groupe Safran)Centre de VillarocheMoissy-CramayelFrance

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